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Unconfirmed reports are surfacting in Charlotte that the Florida Marlins are visiting their city in late February/early March to consider a privately-backed proposal building the team a 38,000-seat stadium. In Charlotte.

Charlotte would enjoy MLB like Ellen DeGeneres would enjoy Ron Jeremy... not much if at all. Their AAA team (the Knights) don't draw dick, so what makes anyone there think they're ready for Major League Baseball?

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In a town that has other top tier teams I don't think Minor League attendance is an indicator of if a Major League team would be successful. Charlotte has the Panthers and Bobcats (Hornets before). They are used to top level sports, it is understandable that a minor league team would get little support as they are viewed as just that a little minor league team.

However, I don't think baseball would work in Charlotte. I have relatives from North Carolina and they laugh at me for being a baseball fan. Of course I laugh right back at them for watching cars go around in circles.

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yeah, front page story http://www.charlotte.com (sub req'd) about visits the next few weeks from Marlins officials.

prob not gonna happen, but who knows with this current elected crowd... remember we voted down the new arena for the NBA and got the arena (and with the deal... the Bobcats), so anything's possible. i know there is a very small market for baseball, nothing for MLB to desire. the deal may go down to build a MLB-ready park and move the AAA Knights back across the state lines for a few years, then revisit major ball.

49er, you made to Winthrop, i assume? good school.

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If anything's going to get done in South Florida, there needs to be a viable stalking horse out there to create a sense of urgency to get a local deal done. Looks like Charlotte gets to play the decoy role this time around.

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I wish Jacksonville would do something about it. I think baseball is the only other sport this city could support besides football. I don't see it happening at all but I think it could work. This city will get another franchise of some major sport with in 15 years.

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Hialeah is putting up three potential sites and is willing to put a question on the ballot regarding further funding. In 2000 the citizens were asked about funding a stadium in a straw ballot and it was approved 57% to 43%.

As for the sites...

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Hialeah Heights is by far the best possible location. It would make both the Broward and Southwest Miami-Dade camp happy as far as getting there. Southwest Miami-Dade is what will greatly improve Marlins attendance due to the high % of medium to high income latinos.

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In a town that has other top tier teams I don't think Minor League attendance is an indicator of if a Major League team would be successful. Charlotte has the Panthers and Bobcats (Hornets before). They are used to top level sports, it is understandable that a minor league team would get little support as they are viewed as just that a little minor league team.

Exactly. Here in northeast Ohio The Browns, Indians and Cavs all draw pretty well, The AHL's Barons on the other hand are headed to Worcester or somewhere like that. Poor minor league attendance in a town with major sports franchises only tells you that fans prefer the big leagues to the minor leagues. I think baseball would do pretty well in Charlotte. North Carolina is one of the two states that have the most minor league baseball teams (New York being the other.) I think that says that someone down there must like baseball at least a little.

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If anything's going to get done in South Florida, there needs to be a viable stalking horse out there to create a sense of urgency to get a local deal done. Looks like Charlotte gets to play the decoy role this time around.

decoy... ha! we've been doing this for MLB for like 3 or 4 relocation/stadium builds now. the most recent being the Expos, Twins, and ... (now i forget, d'oh!)

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Homer Alert! :rolleyes:

How Bout Buffalo

The Bisons are near the top of the Minor league attendance list every year

05-8,775/gm

04-8,696/gm

03-8,761/gm

02-9,003/gm

88-90-15,000+/gm in a new stadium

Dunn tire park was built to be expanded if a franchise was to move to Buffalo.

They would draw probably 25,000+/gm if they get an MLB franchise.

I think Buffalo should be on the list even though i don't think it will happen.

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In a town that has other top tier teams I don't think Minor League attendance is an indicator of if a Major League team would be successful. Charlotte has the Panthers and Bobcats (Hornets before). They are used to top level sports, it is understandable that a minor league team would get little support as they are viewed as just that a little minor league team.

I'd generally agree, but in Charlotte's case they've had the Knights, or another minor league baseball team, for years longer than the Panthers and Bobcats, and none of them drew flies. There's also not enough $$$ to go around for 3 teams there.

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Homer Alert! :rolleyes:

How Bout Buffalo

The Bisons are near the top of the Minor league attendance list every year

05-8,775/gm

04-8,696/gm

03-8,761/gm

02-9,003/gm

88-90-15,000+/gm in a new stadium

Dunn tire park was built to be expanded if a franchise was to move to Buffalo.

They would draw probably 25,000+/gm if they get an MLB franchise.

I think Buffalo should be on the list even though i don't think it will happen.

Yeah but that pretty much mirrors the situation in Sacramento, and i dont think theyll ever get an MLB team.

But im still pushin hard for it!!! :P

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